Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Spring.  We are desperately seeking signs of it's arrival.  Whether it's the additional hour of daylight thanks to Daylight Saving Time, the first buds on a tree, or the early morning chirping of sparrows outside your window, we are anxiously searching for indications that we have in fact survived this very harsh winter.  

For Revolution Cocktails the true harbinger of spring has arrived!  Opening day!  Yep folks, baseball.  Today is the first of 162 beautiful nine inning baseball games.  There will be over priced hot dogs, foam fingers and sunburns in the bleachers.  There will be traffic jams on Storrow Drive, completely packed green line trains, and not a single seat at the bar at Eastern Standard.  And we couldn't be more excited!  

What's so great about baseball you ask?  It reminds us to slow down.  Baseball isn't about the hurry up offense or the fast break.  Baseball is about sitting on the back porch with a few cold ones leisurely listening to the often less than exciting radio call.  It's about lighting the grill and waiting until the coals are just the right temperature before adding the burgers.  Baseball is about patience.  

Some of our favorite classic recipes require a little bit of patience as well.  Not last minute affairs, these cocktails require a bit of thinking ahead but you are then rewarded with rich, complex flavors.  Since baseball season is also backyard BBQ season, here's one of our favorite punch recipes.  And no other punch could be more appropriate for America's past time than one from America's first first lady, Martha Washington.  The added bonus is that most of the work is done the day before so that you can enjoy your BBQ as much as your guests.  

Martha Washington's Rum Punch

4 oz lemon juice
4 oz orange juice
4 oz simple syrup
3 lemons quartered
1 orange quartered
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
3 cinnamon sticks broken
6 cloves
12 oz boiling water

In a container, mash the lemons, orange, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Add syrup, lemon and orange juice. Pour the boiling water over the mixture. Let it cool. Strain out the solids. Heat the juice mixture to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Let it cool and refrigerate overnight.

In a punch bowl, combine:

3 parts juice mixture
1 part light rum
1 part dark rum
1/2 part orange curaçao

Serve the punch over ice. Top with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.